EquineTherapy.com Releases Third Installment in Award Winning Horse’s Recovery Story

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EquineTherapy.com has been tracking the progress of a six year old Hanoverian Gelding as he struggles to overcome a combination of ills on his way to award-winning dressage performances. This touching case study details how a 30 years search for a Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) performer nearly came to an end were it not for the miracle work of the equine massager, EQUISPORTS™.

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Despite twice-monthly chiropractic care from a local veterinarian/chiropractor and an emphasis on gentle, stretching, and relaxing work for Rainman, his body just wasn’t adapting.

Equine Therapy has published the third installment of their case study following the muscle recovery of dressage performer “Rainman,” a 2006 Hanoverian Gelding, thanks to their product, the EQUISPORTS Massager. The full potential of this horse’s performance had been stymied due to a combination of muscle soreness and pains. Despite the best chiropractic efforts, Rainman wasn’t able to make any progress toward recovery until the equine massager, the EQUISPORTS arrived.

The first two installments of this case study were posted to Equine Therapy’s website over 60 days ago when the story began. It follows dressage trainer J.T. Burnley at Wrenwood, Burnley’s facility in western Kentucky from when he first acquired the horse. About seven months later, Rainman increased his knowledge of and confidence in the basic maneuvers. During that time, his young frame was evolving, and Burnley felt the time was right for a saddle made just to fit his changing physique. Four months later, with the saddle still not ready, Rainman was showing signs of a mild, low-grade soreness that just wouldn’t go away despite the best of care and veterinary attention.

Training soreness, as with any athlete, can affect a horse’s attitude, turning a once-eager horse sour or anxious. Rainman’s case is particularly crucial because when a horse is young and still growing, physiological changes might require shifts in approach and equipment to avoid harming the horse. If a horse experiences soreness or pain during routine training, it’s perfectly normal for him to exhibit avoidance behaviors; these can compound already existing training challenges or physical ailments.

Following this story, EquineTherapy.com documents how the horse’s trainer reported that, despite normal results in Rainman’s pre-purchase lameness exam, he exhibited a propensity toward stiffness in the left-hand movements, and a mild, chronic soreness over his right hip and lumbar area. Despite twice-monthly chiropractic care from a local veterinarian/chiropractor and an emphasis on gentle, stretching, and relaxing work for Rainman, his body just wasn’t adapting.

The second installment of the study documents several improvements after steady, consistent use of the EQUISPORTS massager. The Burnleys reported an enormous increase in saddle acceptance and pre-work relaxation for their horses, plus reduced saddling/girthing irritation. Rainman is now ranked sixth of 512 horses in the Adequan® / USDF 2011 Dressage Horse of the Year awards, and is in third place in the Adequan® / USDF All Breed Awards, Hanoverian Breed Division, with a median score of 73.448. The Burnleys feel that with the soreness issue behind them, they’re on an ascent to greater things.

Read more about Rainman’s progress from stiffness to success at http://www.equinetherapy.com/the-story-of-rainman

About EQUISPORTS Massager
EquineTherapy.com is home to The EQUISPORTS massager, a product of Core Products International, Inc. The EQUISPORTS™ Massager is built in the USA to be Barn Tough. Many horse owners, trainers, performance riders and veterinarians have incorporated the EQUISPORTS™ routine into their horse's exercise program to help alleviate muscle fatigue and reduce stiffness. More information is available at http://www.equinetherapy.com.

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